At Ars Marginal, Winterfox lambasts the internalized misogyny in Cindy Pon’s novel Silver Phoenix:
I’m not saying, exactly, that a book can only be feminist if the heroine shuts men out from her life (though wouldn’t it be nice if we see more lesbian representation?), but the behavior of male characters and Ai Ling’s attitude in Silver Phoenix are consistently problematic, with none of it being questioned or deconstructed. It ignores the fact that women have very good reasons to be distrustful of men; it rejects the vision of women banding together to form a support network and sharing solidarity. Ai Ling is a feminist’s nightmare. Her strengths come from a paternal role model. All her concerns center around men and garnering their endorsement and affection. When she encounters women who take away even a minute of her male companions’ attention, she immediately becomes hostile. In contrast, she is able to forgive even the villain who tries to rape her (yes, it’s a second rape attempt; yes, this book is full of sexual threat triggers) by praying for him and acknowledging that he “loved her in his own twisted fashion.”
[…] Silver Phoenix exemplifies the same problems seen in many urban fantasy heroines (Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry and Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse are exceptionally obnoxious): it’s a narrative where the only empowered woman is the protagonist who stands tall among her gender by depriving every other woman of humanity and power. There’s no basis for positive relationships with other women, since they may steal her men or divert masculine attention from her. Femininity—elegant hands, embroidery and all—is villified. It’s internalized misogyny run rampant, unchecked, uncriticized.
And if this is feminist, then I’m the fucking Witch-Queen of Sparklepoo.
…then takes on the writing itself (“I’m starting to wonder if the editor reached a point of no return, screamed BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, TENTACLES FOR SLAANESH and simply gave up all pretense at editorial input”), and shows her work to boot.
- God damn, does the world need another story where the love interest is a complete jerk?
- Having not read the book, I was a little surprised, because the reviews I’ve seen were largely positive. Have you got a book that you hate and everyone else inexplicably loves? I’ve got at least a couple…
This isn’t fake science. Those actually exist.
You learn something new every day.
P. S. Like so many life lessons, this also applies to Minecraft, where you can conserve dye by dyeing the sheep directly and then punching them to produce several blocks of coloured wool.
Because I hate Craigslist. I don’t like the idea of living with a complete stranger (it hasn’t worked out well in the past), but everyone I know here* lives a) at home because they’re broke or b) in a condo their rich parents bought for them.
Things I would love to say in an ad but probably won’t:Things You Should Know
- This isn’t Liberty Village, Roncesvalles, or West Queen West. This is Parkdale. If you don’t actually want to live in Parkdale, don’t move here.
- I’m quiet and introverted to the point of being downright antisocial. I don’t hate people, I just avoid the hell out of them. I will probably avoid the hell out of you. This is the closest you will get to having a place to yourself.
- Unless you’re a nerd, like a Trekkie or a gamer or whatever, in which case we’ll probably socialize splendidly.
- My cat’s neurotic and adorable and a fiend for belly rubs.
- There’s a gas stove and good water pressure and cable is included. There aren’t any bedbugs or cockroaches. It’s an old building, but it’s not some slum tenement.
- If you think this place is slummy you probably shouldn’t move to Parkdale.
Ugh. The mere thought of interacting with strange people makes me so anxious I feel like throwing up. I don’t even want to think about job hunting. I still haven’t heard back about ODSP and I assume my application was rejected. I like freelancing, but that doesn’t pay the bills.__
* slight exaggeration
The only two people I know who are going to the AMC (to my knowledge) live in or near Detroit (bfp and liquornspice), so I assume they’re not staying at the dorms.
Who else is going? Anyone? Anyone wanna share a suite?
I’m ( trying to) going . Fundraising ahow. so excited
I am planning on going, but it’s contingent on fundraising for me and my two kids…cuz the Mala familia travels as a group
i would have it no other way